PSYC 127
The Psychology of Success Fall 2021
Division II Writing Skills

Class Details

This course will examine the psychology of success from a scientific perspective. After considering what success means, we will examine two broad influences on success: personality (e.g., intelligence, grit, and mental illness) and environment (e.g., schooling, parenting, and practice). We will talk about barriers to success, the search for success, and the cost of searching for success. Each week we will read a book or a set of articles (or possibly documentaries or podcasts). One partner will write a paper and the other will write a response. This course is not meant to make you more successful; the goal is to think critically about important issues, use evidence to make arguments, be skeptical, and practice writing and speaking in a convincing and engaging way.
The Class: Format: tutorial
Limit: 10
Expected: 10
Class#: 1266
Grading: no pass/fail option, no fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: written work and discussion of that work; a five-page paper will be due every other week and a one-page response will be required other weeks
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: highest priority will be given to incoming first-years followed by rising sophomores
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
WS Notes: Students will submit a paper every other week (minimum 5 pages), and in alternate weeks they will write a response to their partner's paper. The instructor will provide detailed feedback on the papers.

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